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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake Mystery Update and some other fun stuff

I am almost caught up on the Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake.  Currently working on Clue 4.  I have about 1/8 of the amount needed done - but everything is cut for it so I'm ahead there and these pieces are coming together quickly.

It's been fun looking on her blog to see all the different colors people are using. 

I also finished this weekend block #7 of my Block of the Year project.  It's all hand applique and I don't work on it a lot.  Just when I go to sewing days with friends. 

Here are the 7 finished blocks.  It's a 3P Baltimore Christmas pattern.

I also took a guild class in November by Becky Lamb McDaniel.  She was a wonderful speaker and a good teacher and if your guild is looking for a teacher, contact her.  Our class was to make a cushion.  Our meeting place only has the cold hard folding chairs so we figured a class on making cushions we can take each month would be great.  This is my cushion.  I did hand quilt using the big stitch method. 


And last weekend my two sisters came to California to celebrate my dad's 83rd birthday.  My older sister has a cutting machine (cricket or siloutette) and  made these t-shirts for all of us.  What fun.

I am all ready for Christmas.  All my presents are done and wrapped.  I finished my cards today (not mailing that many and I actually made my cards this year).  I head to my dad's for the holiday weekend - but I do have to go to work on the 26th.  So I'm bummed about that, but I am working that day so I can go to my friends for an extended weekend for New Years. 

Thanks for looking. 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Bonnie Hunter-Quiltville 2017 Mystery begins

Just a quickie to show that I've started the 2017 Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville) annual mystery -this year called On Ringo Lake.  I'm sticking to her colors - they look calm and should be very pretty (as most of her quilts are).  Anyway, the link to the link up page is here to see how pretty everyone's blocks are turning out.  It's always fun to see the different colors people use and even those who use the same colors, how different it can all look.

Here are my fabrics.  I've added and taken away some of the fabrics since I took this photo.


And here are the parts of the 1st clue which was to make a few of these 9-patches.  I know she was taking it easy on us.


That's it.  I am working on other projects while working on this too.  I have all the fabrics cut to work on the October and November Quilt show block of the month.  I also finished all the parts of a cushion from a guild class last month.  Just have to put them together, it involves a zipper and piping so I'm scared to do it so it might sit for a while. 

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Christmas Gift is done and some Butterflies.

I finished another one of these what I call 'Dr. Bags' but in fact is called the Boxy Tote.  I about gave up when I made one for myself a few months ago.  But this time I did okay. 


I even made a pouch for the inside.  I just love this fabric.  So much so that I also bought it with a black background to make something for myself some day. 

Two weeks ago, my husband and I took a day trip to the coast.  We specifically went to see the Monarch butterfly grove.  We've always heard about it but never got there during the right time of the year.  They are just now starting to gather at this grove (which they do every year) in San Luis Obispo.  The picture was taken through a telescope as you just can't really see it with your naked eye.  And apparently they just started and that by the end of the month this grove will be covered with these clusters.

Here's a video of them all clustered.  Again, taken through a telescope.

 Thanks for looking. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Guild Boutique - Whew!

We had another great boutique this year.  We expanded from last year and good thing we did.  Here is a picture of the boutique before the crowds. 


And most of the ladies who made this a success.
We opened the doors at 9 am with a line of ladies waiting to get in.  By noon, we looked like a lot of the stuff was gone.  We kept moving things around to make it look fuller.  In addition to all the runners, placemats, baby quilts and all kinds of wonderful items, we had over 30 consignment quilts for sell.  I sold 2.  Yeah!  That will give me a little extra Christmas cash.  

Here are some of the other items that I donated to the boutique.  















The only thing that I got back from this bunch was the little Halloween table topper.  Most of the gifty bags I made and had shown in my previous post didn't sell.  Some years you can't make enough of something, you just never know year to year.  

Thanks for looking.  That's all I have to show.  I had spent most of the last month making items for the boutique.  I also finished all my Christmas ornaments for family gifts this past week.  I started them on January 1.  It's about time I got them done.  Ha!  They were on my resolution list.  Another one off my list.  

Monday, September 4, 2017

More Guild Boutique items and some family pics


I've been busy getting things made for my local guild's annual boutique.  This is our main fundraiser so we can have awesome teachers and to provide fabric and supplies for our charity quilts.

I went on a retreat two weekends ago so I got a lot of tops done.  I've been quilting the items during the week.
A lot of little gift bags - perfect for a gift card and some candy


Cord tacos -perfect for keeping your phone cords from getting tangled

Little pillow made from left over blocks from a quilt a friend was making at the retreat.  I backed it with minkee fabric.  Oh so soft.

This was a kit from one of Fat Quarter Shops monthly surprise boxes.

Picked up this fabric on the Sisters Oregon trip in July.

Another Fat Quarter Shop runner kit.  Pardon the toes. 

A dress I made for my little granddaughter

My step-daughter and grandchildren on their first day of their new school in their new home town. 


My nephew Shane and my dad
My niece on the left, my little sister in the middle and I shopping.
August was a busy month.  Had a retreat for three days, then the next weekend I went to my dad's because my sister, her husband and son were visiting.  My dad couldn't make it to Shane's graduation so we had to get a shot of my dad with him in his cap and gown.  My dad felt so bad.  He and my mom never missed a graduation from high school or college for any of the other grands.

I'm keeping busy as you can see with my guild boutique items.  I have more things in mind to make, I just need more time.  This three day weekend was cut short because I had to clean house which included doing a lot of laundry.  With the first load, it just stopped with a tub of water and the smell of burning electronics and rubber.  So off to look for a new washer that we can get right of way.  (I had a lot of laundry to do.)  That took over a 1/2 day and then to install it.  Go get new hoses, etc.  Finally got everything working and then about 7:30 on Sunday night the power went out in our area.  It finally came back on about 11:30--right after my hubby got the generator up and running to keep our fridge, freezer and swamp cooler running (because the last notification we received from SCE was that it would come on today (over 24 hours later).  Plus it was so hot.  Uck.  I would not do well in the wild.

So today went without a hitch.  Did a ton of laundry and cleaned the house.  And I got some quilting in.

Thanks for looking and bearing with me with all this chit chat.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two more finishes and I got a new car!

I finally finished another 2017 goal quilt and then a quickie little baby quilt.

I embroidered these blocks sometime in 2016.  Didn't know what I was going to do with them and finally figured it out.  I didn't quilt a lot on this quilt since it will just be a wall hanging.   Plus I didn't want to quilt in the embroidered parts and thought it would look weird to have it heavily quilting all around and the blocks not quilted.


I can't remember the name of the designer of the machine embroidery.  It's all on my old laptop which I'm too lazy to get and turn on and wait for it to load, etc.

I also finished this little quilt.  It was from one of Fat Quarter's Shops sampler boxes.

I used the little 3.5" blocks they supplied and everything else was from my stash.  Even the back.

And the best news of all was that I bought a new car.  Well, the bank still owns it - I will be making payments.  But my little Nissan was not as dependable as I need for my commute to and from work (I drive over 80 miles a day).  Plus I didn't trust it to take me more than that in one sitting.  So after much research and pondering and wondering where I would get the money, I decided to buy a Subaru Forester.


This has enough cargo space for all my sewing stuff for retreats and stuff.  So excited.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A quickie table runner

Well, not so quick if you consider that I did the actual machine embroidery in March.  But I did finish this table runner this past week.

This machine embroidery was done in sections and then each section sewn together matching the 'thread' that unites all the gingerbread men.  This was a pattern by Jana Davidson  through Turnberry Lane patterns called Ginger Garland.  Their sample was burgundy and brown scrappy but I found this gingerbread fabric and thought it was adorable and perfect for this.

I'm working on my Halloween Machine Embroidery blocks now.  Designing as I go.  Should prove to be interesting.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sister Outdoor Quilt Show

From left to right:  Barbara Sawyer, Elaine Berry, Debbie Van Fossen, me, Diane Mitchell, Janice Minyard & Kathy Morrison
You would think that I would have taken a lot of pictures of the actual show, but I didn't.  On July 2, me and 6 friends headed out from central California and headed to the Portland area.  We stayed there for 2 days and did a little shop hopping in that area and actually looks for a couple barn quilts.

 Of course we visited the Fabric Depot and a few other shops and one of the smallest and most charming quilt stores ever.
Outside the cutest littlest quilt shop ever.

On July 4th we headed to Sisters (stopping at Craft Warehouse on the way) and to an AirBNB house right in Sisters.  Once we settled in, we headed to town to look around.  What a charming city.  So many cute shops.

The next couple days we spent checking out all the quilt stores in the area (there are like 8 of them) and we did the garden tour, and the Black Butte resort had a little quilt show.  And we ate.


We are all part of a bigger group called the Material Girls so we had to take this picture.


A view from one of the houses on the garden tour.  Spectacular!




Black Butte resort quilt show
 And then there was the actual quilt show.  We got there early.  Well my friend Janice got there at 6 am because she wanted to see the show go up.  Then she called the house at 8 am and said get here now - there is parking!  So we got to town about 8:15 and by then most of the quilts were up.



But the thing that amazed me the most, was the view.  Every where you turned, there were snow capped mountains.  Something we don't see too often where I live.




Most of these photos are courtesy of my friends Janice and Diane.  My pictures came out like this.
Kind of became a running joke that week.

Thanks for looking.  Oh and on the quilting front, I have caught up with the Quilt Show's block of the month, and am just finishing up the gingerbread embroidery table runner.